03 Mar March 3/11 – Media Release: Budget Exercises Misleading
Thursday, 03 March 2011
Halifax, NS – The provincial government’s so called budget exercises are very misleading, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. After proposing 3 to 5% cuts to hospitals, the government came out today announcing funding for public health care will be frozen in the coming year. This follows a pattern from this government of overestimating possible cuts and then coming in far below the proposed range.
“The province keeps crying poor, scaring everyone with impending budget cuts, and makes changes that are much, much less severe” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “Instead the province should be making strategic investments to address access to public health care.”
While there are resources in health care that can be shifted or moved, without new strategic investments in primary and preventative care costs will continue to increase in the long run.
“You cannot improve access to public health care without additional funding, it’s that simple,” says Buott. “We need to make the investments that will improve care and control costs in the long run.”
The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is encouraging the province to consider 3 items in the provincial budget:
- Support for Community Health Centres – $30 million to open ten new Community Health Centres, $10 million to support existing Centres
- Redirect money saved through the Fair Drug Prices Review to expand access and improve provincial pharmacare programs – Redirecting an anticipated $40 million in savings could expand coverage to up to 70,000 people without drug insurance
- Expand the Children’s Oral Health Program to up to another 65,000 kids – $3.3 million
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.